Letter: Working Locally to Preserve a Stable Climate

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I am responding to Tom Osborne’s recent Indy submission, offering my support and additional encouragement to our city and the surrounding communities.

There can be no middle ground here. We cannot compromise with delayers and deniers. The threat is real. Climate change is happening here and now. We see it in the eyes of climate refugees, in the devastating storms, in the erosion of shores, the warming of the seas, the melting of glaciers. Everywhere around us, we see a planet in disarray, and we have precious years remaining to transform our economy to preserve a stable climate for human habitation. A small handful of years to organize and mobilize. Frankly, some of the effects we currently experience are irreparable; the only sensible goal remaining is to do what we can, with what we have, and with an eye toward generations to come. Neighborhood Church Laguna Beach, working with partners including The Ecology Center, California Environmental Justice Alliance, and local Laguna Beach artists, is committed to inviting Laguna and the surrounding communities to the table for our planet.

Mark your calendar—Neighborhood Church’s Second Annual World Peace and Justice Weekend, “Sustainability: In this Together” is set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12. Acclaimed Oakland-based duo Emma’s Revolution will start things off with a Friday evening concert, as they fill our sanctuary with their rich voices and sweet guitar licks. If you’ve never seen them, you’re in for a treat.

On Saturday afternoon, parents, kids, and community members can:

  • Learn how you can move the needle on climate change through urging your representatives to support prompt legislative action
  • Understand what to eat for the sake of the planet and why
  • Gain a deeper knowledge of environmental justice in our region
  • Make art from surprising materials with guidance from noted local artists
  • Take a moment to breathe and contemplate
  • Enjoy a family day—The Ecology Center will offer their Eco Tots program for kids


Visit www.ncclaguna.org for details. We look forward to working for Mother Earth, alongside willing hearts and minds.

Pastor Rodrick Echols, Neighborhood Church, Laguna Beach

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